This show has been commercially released as "Road Trips: Vol 3, Number 3"
(late show, acoustic Dead set): The Ballad Of Casey Jones, Silver Threads, Black Peter, Friend Of The Devil, Uncle John's Band, Candyman, She's Mine, Katie Mae, I Hear A Voice Callin' (late show, NRPS set) (late show, electric Dead set): China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Cumberland Blues, Hard To Handle, Beat It On Down The Line, Morning Dew-> Drums-> Morning Dew, Good Lovin', Dire Wolf, Next Time You See Me, Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: Cold Jordan
acoustic and electric, early and late, includes NRPS; MR > DAT > ZA2
> CDR, except the NRPS sets which have 2 cass gens; this is apparently
the best possible available copy- one fewer cass gen than first etreed
version, complete NRPS 2nd set, less hifreq hiss; more details in info
file; via D. Hollister, J. Tiedrich, D. Finney. L. Orf; note L. Orf did
very minor editing, mostly putting tasteful fades where there were cuts
in the original- no NR
November 30, 2017 Subject:
The Other One
The Other One is Cryptical Envelopment into the Other One
March 16, 2017 Subject:
to calady 50
Shoot. I'm an old bay area guy. I don't ever remember hearing/seeing your quote before, e.g., "there is nothing as good for the head as the good old Grateful Dead." '. .Thanks for a thought for the day
March 13, 2017 Subject:
Truly a Gem
Man all I have to say is I was born in the wrong year. There is no other group of musicians could make music like these fine gent's. Nothing compares to the Grateful Dead back then, today, tomorrow or the rest of eternity. Truly magical
June 29, 2016 Subject:
Just as wonderful today
This is a great show whether it was a combination of shows or whether someone's ego is in the way of true enjoyment of the music; this stands as one of the truly greatest especially from that period.
Don't be mad or sad. Remember "there is nothing as good for the head as the good old Grateful Dead".
April 6, 2016 Subject:
Great Hearing the Guys Talk...
What a great show this must have been to attend...
November 26, 2015 Subject:
best way to download
November 3, 2015 Subject:
Grateful Dead Live Fillmore Ease 1970/05/15
I had not heard Dead for so long I almost forgot about them. First time I log into Archives I'm magnetically drawn to this incredible show. Amazing
August 19, 2015 Subject:
what if I tried to save it to a flash drive, and then copy it to a CD. would that work?
August 11, 2015 Subject:
Download with Audacity
The way I've been downloading SBDs from the archive is by ripping it. For you old timers, this means re-recording the output from your computer's soundcard. You have to replay the full show while it's recording in another window (makes me feel like a taper... sort of), and be sure to not play any youtube videos while it's happening!
Audacity is a free, open-source program which you can use to do the rip. It works on Mac, Windows, and Linux. Instructions can be found here:
June 5, 2015 Subject:
The sound quality is so tight, you'd swear you were listening to a studio job. There are a few instances of feedback in the bass frequencies, but that's common for any early Dead. Their acoustic sets are among some of their best, they always felt so much more relaxed to me. They didn't have to let the dragon out of the cage if they didn't want to, they could chill with the dragon, trade some stories back and forth. It's like a campfire experience, wish I could have been there. Compare this "I Know You Rider" to the one on the popular 02-25-1966 recording. It's like hearing two completely different tunes.
September 9, 2013 Subject:
This Dark Star is pretty every second and Jerry sings about as well as any other version.
The percussion in the 1970 versions contributes nicely. Got to give credit to Mickey.
April 14, 2013 Subject:
May 28, 2011 Subject:
I've been a deadhead for 42 years (here on the isle of wight - but have visited 710 Ashbury, SF in 2009) and have only just found IA stuff...WOW...(thanks to GDFPAUL on Twitter). Blown away by source...this dark star on from FE (NY) is simply beautiful.
April 25, 2011 Subject:
October 30, 2010 Subject:
Very Easy Way to Download
Simply change the address name of any archive music page from "details" to "download." All the files will be listed there for you to download. You are going to want the ones with .vbr.mp3 extensions. If you have a download tool like Downthemall and set a .vbr.mp3 "fast filter", you can have the whole show in about five minutes. This is by far the easiest way . . . no streaming, just direct downloading. Of course, the lossless files cannot be accessed. Hope that helps.
October 22, 2010 Subject:
scarface1013 wrote: "I really want this show for my collection but I don't know how to download it in MP3 format."
If you have a Mac or Linux I can't help you, but if you have Windoze there are a couple ways, depending on your MP3 player and patience: I use WMP (yes, it sucks but it does this well). Click the link to start the streaming. If you're patient: as each song's playing click File->Save As... and save it whereever you want. Then you can skip to the next track and repeat as necessary. If not so patient: just let it play through and check your IE cache folder when it's done for the files.
If you have iTunes you can then click File->Add Folder to Library... and select the folder the files went to. The files will have all the metadata needed by iTunes to properly catalog the files. I can't speak for other players or MP3 software.
October 21, 2010 Subject:
HOW DO I DOWNLOAD THE MUSIC??
I really want this show for my collection but I don't know how to download it in MP3 format.
September 15, 2010 Subject:
Great Show of Course, BUT Get It For NRPS!
People throw 5 star ratings around far too freely, and that leaves no room to properly rate the REAL 5 star shows -- those extraordinary nights that people talk about years afterward and say "I was there, best concert I ever saw." This is that kind of show. There are a few moments like that in 1970. And all too few after 1980.
We ought to be able to give this one 7 or 8 stars. What makes this show really special and something to treasure is the addition of the NRPS songs:
Last Lonely Eagle, All I Ever Wanted, Henry. . . hauntingly beautiful (and I don't even like country music, but this is special).
If you haven't heard this one, check it out while you can. The Archive has a nasty habit of removing an ENTIRE show once a PART of it has been released commercially. Let's hope that the NRPS songs will remain up if they take down the rest.
NRPS and the Dead are even better on Capitol Theater 6/24/70. If you haven't checked out that show do so at once. Your mind will be blown extremely! And the acoustic set is even better than this one. Also, don't miss Capitol Theater 11/8/70, the last acoustic show they did for 10 years.
June 15, 2010 Subject:
Re: Cartoons at Intermission
It had something to do with a villain and the weapon to defeat him was sunshine.
The little characters were singing , sunshine, sunshine, sunshine. Of course since most of us were on it,we all cheered and howled.
Like free union I also remember walking out at sunrise and driving back to Brooklyn for breakfast at the Paris Diner.
These shows were nothing short of brilliant. There was a feeling of celebration and comfort at every one. I couldn't imagine wanting to be anywhere else
June 7, 2009 Subject:
all time favorite
after listening to about 100 shows on this archive, this is definitely my favorite. check out the early show also
June 5, 2009 Subject:
david nelson played mandolin
March 30, 2009 Subject:
I must have this
How can I get this show off this computer and onto a CD. Are there some compute savvy 'heads out there?
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt
March 15, 2009 Subject:
Greatest Jerry Performance
This 6.5 hour show has perhaps the greatest performance by Jerry Garcia of all time and is the most ultimate exhibition of his guitar prowess that I have ever heard, if for no other reason than the amount, but the inspiration extant thrills a listener to the core of his soul.
Jerry plays acoustic and electric with the Dead and pedal steel with the NRPS - all brilliantly. This is a fine recording and presentation.
There are too many highlights to mention. Every song is good. I would rate this 20 stars.
March 2, 2009 Subject:
to solve the confusion....
this is not just the "late show" from this date as indicated. It's a combination of the early show AND the late show from this date - that's why you see two acoustic Dead sets and two New Riders sets in addition to the electric sets. Sorry to disappoint those of you in some of the reviews below who seem to think this was all played at once - it wasn't. Still PRIME 1970 Grateful Dead though :)
February 25, 2009 Subject:
Good Ole GD
What a way to spend some time at work. I listened to this show at least once a month. Just play it and work.
What a joy it must have to been there that night. Nice and easy (even though it sounded like typical NY crowd which the Dead knew they had to deal with. They played the audience like a fiddle and used their Prankster humor back at them.
Pig sounding healthy. Phil, Bobby, Jerry all playful. Was TC at this show?
I miss the FE, the chairs, and the smell. Bill Graham yelling at us our front to “ stay in line”
I miss it all, we have the shows for eternity. Thank you Archive staff.
Deadhead Dan Jos -
February 9, 2009 Subject:
This Dark Star...
destroys my damn MIND... I mean seriously, these people are HUMAN BEINGS, playing OFF THE CUFF?! The way Jerry just slowly rises out of the "space" for this orgasmic, cataclysmic jam is the stuff of dreams.
I need to regroup somewhat to hear the rest of this show... but I KNOW this is 5-star material... cos it's the Dead, playing at the Fillmore East, in 1970. One of their peak eras if ever there was one. Along with 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974 etc etc etc...
February 3, 2009 Subject:
Beautiful Dark Star
I've most just listened to the Dark Star from this night (over and over). It's one of my favorites - if not my absolute favorite. I love 1970 in general for Dark Stars and this one is played without a flaw. I love Bobby's bouncy chops on the guitar a few minutes after the first verse and the climax of the "Everybody is Happy" jam is superb. Great recording as well.
October 19, 2008 Subject:
THE SUNSHINE CARTOON
YOU CAN SEE THIS CARTOON IN THE AMIMATED SHORTS SECTION HERE AT ARCHIVE.
August 21, 2008 Subject:
I guess I'm an idiot, but....
Hey all. I SOOO much want to hear this concert, but I can only listen to Don't Ease Me In, and only by streaming it, which downloads it--at least temporarily--to my I-tunes. I have a Mac, maybe that's the problem. I'm totally cool with streaming the concert and don't want to screw up our collective access to this wonderful archive. All I want to do is hear this!! Can anyone help me?
April 30, 2008 Subject:
Unbelievable show, you heads who got the chance to see this are truly lucky! Here's how I download these soundboard shows...I just right click on the song you wish to download, a box with "download this song" will appear(on my dell at least). Click that and there you go. It takes a little bit, but these shows are worth it. peace
April 22, 2008 Subject:
Cartoons During Intermissions
This was one of my first dead shows - there were several around this time that were split acoustic -> electric dead. I always leaned towards the electric sets - just felt more energy though I loved many of the acoustic numbers. But, what I remember from this or another Fillmore show around this time was the cartoons and weird movies they showed during the switch from the acoustic to the electric sets. Anyone remember those?? It took quite a while to make the switch and I guess they needed stuff to fill in. If I recall - the lights where done by Joshua........Anyway - it is like time travel to be able to go back 38 years!!!! and remember those crazy shows and times
March 18, 2008 Subject:
i was there
my 1st gd show -- i was 19 -- absolutely a transformative experience -- remember getting out at sunrise, going to the old Ratner's and having cold fig soup with sour cream
March 11, 2008 Subject:
How to rip soundboards
Un-hide your temporary internet files folder (from My Computer, select C: drive, then go to Tools, Folder Options, select "View" tab, make sure "show hidden files and folders" is selected, and click "apply to all folders"), and then just stream the audio. Each audio file shows up as a separate MP3 file in your (C:\documents and settings\[your user name]\Local settings\temporary internet files folder. THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR XP, NOT VISTA. From there you just drag and drop them out to a new folder on your desktop. Then, burn away. As far as this show is concerned, I had an old cassette copy of just a fraction of this show, and it was always one of my favorites. Can't wait to hear the whole thing. ENJOY!
December 3, 2007 Subject:
pigpen's why i wake up.
does anyone have the sbds and/or any mp3s of this here amazin' piece of genious material?
peaceand<3 eternally yos Uncle E
November 11, 2007 Subject:
Can someone please tell me how I can download the mp3's to this show?
December 4, 2006 Subject:
would love a copy of this show
This is one of the best show I have ever heard and would love to put it on my MP3 player. Can anyone help me out with a copy?
October 8, 2006 Subject:
This is epic.
NRPS and the Dead. What a night. Stream this through some good speakers, from beginning to end, and it's like going back in time to a special night in NYC.
Sound is great, vibe is great. This is what 5 stars are made for.
Re the comment below:
There are plenty of AUDs around the Archive for downloading. The SBDs are stream only. It's a policy we should respect. Try posting in the forum, and I'm sure somebody will be glad to throw a copy your way.
October 7, 2006 Subject:
Hey Fellas, Im new around here, How do I donwload?
October 7, 2006 Subject:
Just take it easy, man...
This show blows me away. It's just...perfect. Perfect Grateful Dead. Hands down. Hands...down. Definitely worth the time it took to download and label all 71 tracks.
September 25, 2006 Subject:
bootlegs of this show
anyone have "cheyler's" e-mail address?
Reviewer:Earl B. Powell
July 28, 2006 Subject:
Some folks would whine if you hung 'em with a new rope. Feel lucky you can hear this stuff for free at all...if Rhino has their way, I bet the SBD's will be history. Enjoy it while you can...oh and just because you can't DL it here doesn't mean it's not available somewhere else, Sugar. BTW - this is a stellar setlist, must have for any head.
July 27, 2006 Subject:
Is there anyway to get a copy of this show. Moving doesn't even come close to describe.
July 26, 2006 Subject:
Asking for it
well cliff,....you fucking dickface.....it would be one thing if you could buy this....BUT I CANT ASSHOLE....its not dick's picks or DLS stuff that we cant get DUMBSHIT....its the stuff that isnt for sale that should be free to us like it always was....you fucking sanctimonious piece of shit.
July 20, 2006 Subject:
Yes...this is it.
This is truly a marvelous show. It has a sampling of everything that made the dead so unique--beautiful roots music, psychedelic rock, pigpen blues...It's all here. Only a band as powerful as the dead could turn from being a hard rocking mind bomb of a band to doing traditional American folk...and on a dime at that! Unreal.
Reviewer:pickin the jams
July 20, 2006 Subject:
not a review
how can i get a download of this???
July 7, 2006 Subject:
July 2, 2006 Subject:
E-mail me if you want it...
This show is excellent, nice quality sound (a little hissy on occasion) but the Dark Star and Morning Dew are worth the price of the seven discs it takes to get it all. E-mail me if you need this show (audio discs only, I do not have any compressed files).
PS - In case you haven't noticed, Dick's Picks is over. The download series is over. We are now at the mercy of Rhino when it comes to getting our GD fix and I'm betting their release schedule will be a lot sparser than GDMs. Downloading from the archive was stopped due to the deal with Rhino. How can you sell the vault to someone on the one hand when people are gettin' it for free on the other?
June 1, 2006 Subject:
This show is incredible. Very clear. The setlist and playing are phenomenol. Oh and Cliff Hucker.. two things. First I really don't think Bobby needs any help to send his kids to college, until very recently it had always been GD policy to allow for open trading of shows. I agree with Phil (Lesh) that this should have stayed this way. Second this show isn't a Dick's Picks so stop your noise.
This show is epic, I bet Dick had a tuff time choosing Harpur college over this one? They both hold historical/mystical appeal, as does the september Fillmore east run, and the Halloween Duo at S.U.N.Y. and well, a bunch others, after all it is 1970. I won't say this is the best year for the band, but I will say it is the year I am most proud of.
Happy to share with responsible fans, email me at email@example.com
April 19, 2006 Subject:
Sid, you are a dickhead!
Dont instruct heads on how to illegally download!
We are very lucky to able to stream all this amazing music. Who needs to download when we have access to this tremendous library. Dont ruin it for everyone content just to listen & enjoy. Buy Dicks Picks & other Grateful Dead products. Support the band & help put Bob's kids through college. For all of the joy this band has provided all of us, they deserve this respect!
Hours of amazing music here!
April 10, 2006 Subject:
how to download shows
how to get the new streamed shows
Stream the show ...go to sleep ..wake up in the morning and drag and drop from your internet cashe'..just don't forget to increase your internet cashe' folder meggage..all files will be there just like before ...
March 30, 2006 Subject:
Set list doesnt match...isn't it:
Long Black Limo
NRPS is a treat. thank you, archive.org
-- y'all do ahheyt..
March 15, 2006 Subject:
what's the setlist?
What a great show but can anyone help me out with the setlist?! Thanks in advance to you kind souls.
November 9, 2005 Subject:
I listen to this recording (at least parts of it) every day, and I have been since I downloaded it in late May 05. This is truly a gem, with so many great tunes played so well. A lot of energy and a lot of back and forth with the rowdy NYC crowd.
November 8, 2005 Subject:
Download this now
I used to get most of my Dead Tapes by taping them off of WBAI in NYC, and I got this one back in 96 by that method. It was awesome then, and it is even better now. That tape only had the late show, and no NRPS. This tape was one of the jewels of my collection (along with 5/24/69, 5/11/72 and 6/18/74) and I used to give copies of it as gifts for my friends BDs and at Christmas. And now I can again.
There are great acoustic versions of I Know You Rider, The Rub, and Cumberland Blues in the Early show, Bobby doing a duet on Me and My Uncle, Saw Mill, and Mama Tried with the New Riders, a nice Dark Star that includes about 30 seconds of near silence after the first verse... With both shows and the NRPS it's about as much as you could want from a '70 concert. Great sound, with just a few cuts and problems (notably St. Stephen in the late show)
And for the guy wondering why this is not a Dick's Pick...shhhhhhhut up ;)
For everyone else: (I know I'm not the first to say this) Get it before they make you pay for it.
That 5/15/70 isn't a Dick's Picks is a shocking mystery to me. 6.5 hours of awesome. Gorgeous acoustic sets with hilarious banter. Killer NRPS sets with sweet pedal steel and vocals. A small number of sound issues, but otherwise a great '70-sounding mix, got that filmore sound, you know what I'm talking about. One of these days I'm gonna try Bear's three-channel listening setup recommendation for these wildly recorded shows.
To quote Caddyshack, "Don't ya see it?! Well PICK IT UP!!!!"
Reviewer:aint no time to hate
September 1, 2005 Subject:
...The highlight of this performance, an excellent other one. Acoustic set is phenomenal, as is the New riders set. once they turn the electric up, the intensity begins..a classic 70's show, a definate must have for any 70's lover, or any dead head for that matter..sound quality is excellent i might add.a must have!!
August 23, 2005 Subject:
SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!
YES! This show is the perfect 1970s show! Acoustic dead, then NRPS, then electric dead...what more can you ask for from 1970? All the tunes are here...and played with such a fun vibe. NSB is fantastic! Candyman is so smooth. NRPS are just so much damn fun. I will play this show many times before my time is up. Thanks archive...thanks Jonathan!
All deadheads need this show....and any skeptics should get it too...you will be amazed.
August 6, 2005 Subject:
What happend to the lyrics of New Speedway Boogie?
July 26, 2005 Subject:
full scale riot
acoustic dead at the fillmore east, what else is their to say! UJB and Candyman are tight, as well the NROTPS songs.you cannot go wrong with this one friends. i love jerrys laugh after bob says "why dont you guys have a full scale riot" just before candyman.
July 17, 2005 Subject:
The sound quality of this show is good and the setlist is one of the best. I think the Dead and NRPS do very good shows together. If your really a deadhead, get this show! If youve never listened to NRPS, this would be a good show to give them a listen.
July 16, 2005 Subject:
dead fan and his love for the band
I never got to see the boys on stage to young, but what I do got is a sister that toured with them in 85 till the very end. What my sis tells me is that you dont need to see them in concert to be in love with there music all you have to do is listen to the music and understand how the music makes you feel and for the past 6 years I loved this band with all of my heart and every day I eat,sleep and think grateful dead. I never saw jerry but when I hear his voice sometimes I cry. dead music is my life and will be until my time is up and then I will finally meet the man that changed my life at age 14. thank you guys for putting the music that is so close to are hearts on the archive. Love each other and greet everyone with open arms. A 20 yaer old dead fan
July 14, 2005 Subject:
Great show where the intimacy of the sound & setting makes you feel like you're right there. An earlier reviewer commented on the band chatter between songs... right on. I've tended to edit out a lot of dead air, tuning, or chatter from other downloads... but I've left this one perfectly intact, as it only adds to the experience. This would make a great album, and probably will pretty soon.
Reviewer:Jimi @ Holy Grail Studios
June 9, 2005 Subject:
Get this one before it's gone!
This is one of those shows I can't believe has not been released commercialy.
I won't get long winded about it, but if your a fan of this era Dead this one is hard to beat.
I can't speak about the NRPS sets because I have not listened to them.I'm not much of a fan so I will leave that one for somebody else that is more qualified.
The Dead acoustic sets are real gems.Concise,raw,and beautiful.
The electric sets are as good as anything from the period.Lovelight is long winded and Dark Star is a little short but these are minor bitches consiering everything else.Oh yea, St. Stephen is really pretty excellent.One of the early versions of the slower tempo that it would remain at for the rest of it's life.
Recording quality is really good.A little bit of hiss but the full dynamics and good mix are a reasonable trade off.Also a couple of volume fluxes but so what.
Overall one of the best documents of music from a pivotal year in rock that would have been forgoten without these recordings.
Holy Grail Studios
June 3, 2005 Subject:
i was an average fan before this show, but the acoustic sets did it for me
May 31, 2005 Subject:
April 10, 2005 Subject:
i have hundreds of dead shows. each one a gem in its own rights, but for me, this is THE ONE. simply fucking amazing. a rare insight into the boys. filled with beautiful playing, some nice chatter, a few rarities. my god, if ya cant turn people onto the dead with this show, then they just dont know what raw powerful GREAT music is. the dead at their finest, and i know ive said that before, but for me this truely is the best grateful dead show of all time. its even worth sitting through every single download in SHN format to get that extra edge. stop reading this and get going! thanks again archive.org
April 7, 2005 Subject:
i'll keep it short... the best ever!!
You get an unbelievable personalized introduction, tons of hillarious side talking, plus pigpen solo performances, some of the best renditions of accoustic and electric dead tunes ever and you get a couple of nrps sets mixed in there too!! this sounds like an album.
straight-up roots. this show makes one realize how truly underrated new riders of the purple sage are. this will give you full insight as to what these guys were trying to do with american trad (the dead and nrps collectively). plus it fuckin blazes. jerry's pedal steel playing is unreal.
This is without a doubt the ultimate show of all time 100%!! I couldn't be more serious.
March 24, 2005 Subject:
available as Shorten download?
I'm listening to a hi-fi stream of this show, and it sounds awesome!! For some reason though, this show doesn't seem to be available as a download in Shorten (lossless format). I'd really like to download it losslessly, without doing each song individually (which appears to be the only option). Can anyone help me out? Thanks so much!!
March 16, 2005 Subject:
SHED A TEAR!!!
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN,THE GRATEFUL DEAD HAVE INSPIRED SO MANY WITH THERE MUSIC IT'S INCREDIBLE! TO SOME OF US THIS WAS AND IS HEAVEN AND PROBABLY THE CLOSEST I'LL EVER COME TO IT ATLEAST, SO WHEN YOU ASK HOW COULD ANYONE CRY BECAUSE OF THE BOY'S WELL IT'S BECAUSE IT'S ALL WE KNOW!!! WE LIVE,EAT,SLEEP,DREAM, AND BREATH THE DEAD, SO WHEN YOU HEAR THAT ONE SONG THAT GIVES YOU GOOSE BUMPS AND YOU REALIZE THAT ALL THIS LIFE WAS JUST A DREAM AND THAT THIS ONE MOMENT YOUR FREE(TRUELY FREE) YOU HAVE TO BREAK DOWN AND SHED A TEAR!!!!!! THANK THE LORD FOR ARE BOYS PEOPLE, WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT THEM????(LOST)THERE'S SO MANY ROADS TO EASE ALL OUR SOULS BROTHERS AND SISTERS. I LOVE YOU ALL AND THIS SITE!! WE ALL MISS YOU JERRY, CANT WAIT TILL WERE TOGETHER FOREVER AND EVER WHEN WE ALL MAKE IT TO THE PROMISED LAND!!!!! RON SMART, CLEVELAND, OHIO GRATEFULDEAD2777@SBCGLOBAL.NET
March 11, 2005 Subject:
This is great stuff. This show really gives great insight into these kids(because you really got to understand, that's all they were in '70). After all the Dead (wheteher it be listening,reading,watching) we take in in our lives, they'll never quite be figured out. These guys just really wanted to have a good time back then. After reading "Dark Star", it really got me to realize quite a few things about them in my lifetime (which is '75 - present). My fist time of seeing them was '91, and what I would've done to just once in my life, see a show like this!!
You just get the feeling frome the very beginnning that they were really having a great time up there(which could not be said at any show I ever say them do, unfortunately).
The sound quality is weel worth the clicking on the button to download this absolutely stupendous show, grabbing another beer, and just waiting for it to finish, to enjoy this masterpiece.
February 10, 2005 Subject:
One Of The Best
This is one of my favorite Dead concerts that I've heard, downloaded from the Archive or from tapes. In my opinion, it's amazing from beginning to end - I love these acoustic/electric sets that the Dead were doing this year. The first set is very, very relaxing and truely gets you in the Deadhead mood, as it hooks you on from the first note. 'Friend of the Devil' is one of my favorite versions, acoustic and relaxing, very good. One of the better perks for this show is that they play so many songs which you won't typically hear in a Dead concert, such as 'Long Black Limousine', 'Six Days On The Road', 'Last Lonely Eagle', and 'Silver Threads and Golden Needles'. Yes, I know they play them from time to time - but they're not 'concert staples' (at least from my point of view). The sound on this bootleg is crystal clear, crisp and bright - very well done. I highly recommend this show, especially before it becomes a bootleg. :)
February 9, 2005 Subject:
My favorite show.
I got this show a while ago, and it continues to amaze every time I play it. I find myself just playing the first disc over and over and over. Pigpen is in such fine form this night, absolutely on fire during the Rub and Lovelight. Friend of the Devil is great, even if Jerry does flub the lyrics a little the first go 'round (but hey, he's Jerry, so it's all good). Candyman is oh-so-sweet when played acoustic and this night is one of my favorites. The Easy Wind is easily the best version I've ever heard, and I love the Cold Jordan, and the comment that comes right before it: "we're going to evoke your collective sense of piouty" to which Jerry adds "we're going to end this set, right here and now." I'd never heard live NRPS before I got this show, and I can't believe they didn't make it any bigger than they did, Six Days on the Road is breath-taking. What ties it all together though is the great stage banter and the way they communicate with the audience throughout the night, It's something I can't really put into words, it's like a timecapsule from 35 years ago. You need to experience it for yourself, get this show, right here and now.
Sound Quality:B+ (There are a few cuts in some numbers, that's all that brings it down)
In answer to your question, that's probably David Nelson on mandolin during Voice, not sure, but I don't know who else is could be.
January 23, 2005 Subject:
A Long Night In NYC
5-15-70 GD Fillmore East Review
I used to have a decent copy of the Harpur College show that is now Dick's Picks #8, but lost it a couple of years ago. Not feeling particularly well off to buy yet more Live Dead at this time, this show comes very close to matching DP #8. The first acoustic set contains Long Black Limousine, a very mournful song I ve never heard the Grateful Dead play. The rest of this set sparkles, especially the complete I Know You Rider containing the verse I d rather drink muddy water, sleep in a hollow log, than stay here in Frisco be treated like a dog. Very early versions of this tune (Avalon 1966, etc.) contained that verse but it is a rarity. I would give the 1st acoustic set 4.5 stars, the only mark against it being Jerry s flub of Friend Of The Devil. I instantly chose to record a 90-minute tape of both acoustic sets, and it went over smashingly at work, where I play music for the skiing public at Mad River Glen here in Vermont. Most of them are DeadHeads, and very discriminating ones at that! I also love the band chatter between tunes. New York City audiences were always and continue to be raucous and uncouth bunches. It is humorous to listen to Jerry stave off shouted criticisms of the wooden music and repeated calls for electric instruments ( Don t worry, everything will be alright. ) Some gal even shouts out Hey Jerry, what happened to your beard? to which he replies Shut up! I didn t ask you about your beard. Besides, it s not me. Priceless stuff! Set 2 is, in my opinion, also priceless as it contains one of only 2 GD performances of Ballad Of Casey Jones. I Hear A Voice Callin is a Bill Monroe bluegrass gospel standard that a quick check of DeadBase indicates was only played 4 times, all in 1970. I also agree that Friend Of The Devil herein is one of, if not the, best ever.
The first electric set features a mix of the brand new with the tried and true. St. Stephen sounds a bit strained, great playing but a bit like Jerry might be tiring of singing it. That s It For The Other One is about as good as any I ve ever heard, with a thunderous Phil rolling into the Other One that we latter-day heads are most familiar with seeing. Extensive drum solo in the middle also and some very spacey effects. Easy Wind is fantastic and it s obvious to see why it made it onto a GDM release. Cosmic Charlie is a bit ponderous and I prefer the higher energy, faster tempo version of 3/1/69 Fillmore West. Minglewood is mutilated by a screeching and howling Bobby. I do like this song, but Bobby s squealing is really over the top here and brings the set down a notch. Only 7 songs, but a fat hour featuring a 24-min. That s It For The Other One.
Electric set 2 solves a mystery for me. A buddy gave me a disc of this set through the Good Lovin , but it was unlabeled. I understood right away it was a Fillmore show, but only when I tuned in to the Archive did the mystery get solved! This set is a monster at 2 hours if only they played like that in the 80s & 90s when I was going to shows! A sparkly China>Rider is marred by a glitch in the very beginning of China Cat Sunflower (bummer!). Hard To Handle totally rips, and Morning Dew is exquisite with PigPen s organ tapestry tastefully back-dropping the building momentum of Jerry s guitar & vocals. Great crowd noise as is par for the course in NYC. The Dark Star is a bit lower energy than many I ve heard, but Jerry sounds great singing the far-spaced verses. The second St. Stephen is played with more force than earlier, but has a glitch and is missing the entire Lady finger, dipped in moonlight centerpiece. A rollicking 27 minute Lovelight seals the set and contains a very small glitch (switching tapes, maybe?), with a mellow Cold Jordan encore. All told, definitely a keeper. Now, if somebody out there has complete recordings of China>Rider and St. Stephen from the late show, that would bump it up to 4.5 stars!
January 16, 2005 Subject:
anyone know who's playing mandolin on "i hear a voice calling" in the dead's late show acoustic set?
Jerry's stuff with the New Riders is as tasty as sweet sorghum syrup on hot buttered corncakes cooked on a wood stove, eaten on the porch, sun rising on a chilly spring morning!
December 10, 2004 Subject:
so much love
Wow! Two 3-set shows in one! The sound quality is nearly perfect, and the set lists are exhaustive, to say the least... I divided it differently: 1 disc w/ both acoustic GD sets (minus redundant songs, like FOTD #1), 1 disc w/ NRPS (as above), 1 disc early electric, 1 disc late electric, 1 disc leftover GD (mostly the sick end to the 2nd electric set)... Just do it! The acoustic Rider is gorgeous...Haven't heard the rest yet...
November 14, 2004 Subject:
Legendary For A Reason...But Not Perfect
In the dark days before CDs, the internet, and broadband, this was one of the most well-known and highly-circulated Dead shows from 1970, along with 2/13-14/70 and 5/2/70 (which have now become Dick's Picks 4 & 8, respectively).
Some famous Dead shows have turned out, in retrospect, to have been famous less because of their "best there is" quality than their AVAILABILITY. Happily, this isn't the case with this Fillmore East show, which really IS hot, hot hot. The two acoustic sets featured here aren't the greatest ones the band ever gave during '70 (5/2/70 featured on Dick's Picks arguably is), but they're sharp nonetheless. Among their highlights is perhaps the greatest performance of "Friend Of The Devil" ever given (during the second show - Jerry botches it a bit in the first show, but comes back with an utterly resplendent version the next time 'round), so good it's featured as a bonus track on the new Rhino reissue of American Beauty. Bobby gives a nice, somber performance of the rarely-heard "Long Black Limousine," while "Cumberland Blues," "New Speedway Boogie," and "Black Peter" are always treats to hear in acoustic arrangements.
As for the electric sets, "Easy Wind" found its way onto Fallout From The Phil Zone; it's one of most loose, free-swinging performances I've ever heard of the song, where the band breezes through the often-jarring tempo changes like they're completely natural. The "Other One" -> "Cosmic Charlie" here is a classic, while the "Good Lovin'" from the second show is particularly fun: this song could be a bit overbearing and ponderous during this era, but this is one of the more focused versions despite the length.
I give this a four-star rating because it's NOT the "ultimate" 1970 show. There is some mediocrity here - for example, other than that magnificent "Friend Of The Devil" the second acoustic set is forgettable - which knocks away a star. Also, there aren't any true WOW-I-CAN'T-BELIEVE-THEY-PLAYED-THAT moments: no "Viola Lee Blues" or "It's A Man's World"'s.
Nevertheless, the two Fillmore East shows from May 15th, 1970 are great, high-class representative concerts demonstrating the power and promise of the live Dead during this era. If you like this show, you owe it to yourself to buy Dick's Picks 8 from www.gdstore.com.
September 27, 2004 Subject:
sick sick sick sick...new riders dead....what?
mixed well....very well indeed
September 8, 2004 Subject:
The sound quality of this show is surprisingly good. I particularly enjoyed the acoustic set. The Candyman was also one of the best that I've ever heard. Enjoy!!
August 10, 2004 Subject:
I heard a rumor they were going to release this show. Or maybe I just started the rumor, ha ha. Oh,lordy it deserves it! A legendary show and for some reason isn't as well known as 5/2/70 or 2/13/70. No matter what your taste, it's on the menu tonight folks! Folk, bluegrass, country, rock, blues, etc. Four whole sets of amazing musicianship that really spotlight where the Dead were at in 1970.
Both the Dark Star and Other One are relatively short, but well played, as are ALL the cuts here. It's like hearing the Workingman's album live! (It was released in May 1970). This show is the Dead on the verge of being the supergroup they became in the 70's. The band is tight and in synch on the jams. The Black Peter, Cumberland and Morning Dew stand out for me.
A special show for when you have the whole evening to enjoy some magical music. Turn down the lights, light some incense and candles, take you seat. "Ladies and gentlemen........." Enjoy!
Dr. Flashback ;-)
August 9, 2004 Subject:
what a fantastic show and what a fantastic job in putting this one up in such great condition!! jerry and bobby's banter in bewtween songs during acoustic songs is amusing and the electric stuff just rips.great stuff
August 9, 2004 Subject:
June 8, 2004 Subject:
I Was There
I was sitting 5th row center at this show and this has created some fantastic memories. The seamlessness with which The Dead and NRPS put on a show was always magical.
In burning this show, the Early and Late shows can be easily separated by moving the last 2 cuts on disc 2 to disc 3. It still fits on 6 dsics giving you 2 discs for the early show and 4 for the late show.
Thanks for stirring up some memories.
June 6, 2004 Subject:
If it seems like the Dead were always in transition well they always were. Musically their philosophy was "change" in a big way and this show from the Fillmore East showcases the Dead as onstage avatars to downhome, sitting on the porch playing oldies and folk as well. In a merge of the two in the next year('71) this truly was An Evening With The Grateful Dead.
June 1, 2004 Subject:
I agree wholeheartedly with the previous review, it is right on. This is a fantastic board from a point in time when it was all coming together.
May 31, 2004 Subject:
This is it!
I'm somewhat reluctant to give this the 5 stars it deserves because it seems that just about everything gets 5 stars now a days. But if yoy want to hear what the GD were all about in 1970 either get this or the performance from Harpurs Collage which is a Dick's pick. 1970 GD just don't get no better, and I wasn't there and I didn't go to my first show in 1994. If you want to hear what they sounded like at a pivitol period in their history this is the show for you